Jumbo Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Crayons

This simple craft project is a great way to use those Valentine’s Day cookie cutters that are collecting dust in your kitchen. You can make great gift baskets with these simple Valentine’s Day Heart crayons and let the kids give them as Valentine gifts to their friends.
This simple craft project is also a great way to use up all of those broken crayons and bits of crayons that the kids have laying around the house. Send them on a mission and see who can find the most crayon bits! You get a clean house and the kids have a goal!

To make these simple Valentine’s Day Heart Cookie Cutter crayons You Will Need:

Valentine’s Day Heart Cookie Cutters

Aluminum Foil

Baking Sheet

Crayon Bits

This is a simple Valentine’s Day Heart craft, but you will need to help the kids because the oven is involved in this craft project.

The first step is to Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Now, Seal the bottom of the heart shaped cookie cutter with foil wrap leaving top open. This will protect your baking sheet so you can use it for Valentine’s Day Heart cookies later.

Now, Line a baking sheet with foil and place cookie cutters it. You can place as many Valentine’s Day Heart cookie cutters as the baking sheet will hold. They do need to be laying flat on the aluminum foil lined sheet though so the melted wax does not melt out. Use a variety of heart shaped cookie cutters sizes; don’t just stick to one size.

Now, the kids can help with this step of the project. Have them fill the cookie cutters with pieces of crayons. Load the Valentine’s Day cookie cutters up with the crayon bits to the top edge. They will shrink down as they melt and make a thinner heart crayon.

Do not pile the crayon bits higher than the edge of the Valentine’s Day Heart cookie cutter.

Now, you can place the sheet of cookie cutters in the preheated 350-degree oven.

Do not walk away from the oven. Keep an eye on your creations until all the crayon bits have melted into one.

The good thing about this project is that you can use multiple colors in one crayon. Just DO NOT stir the melted crayon mixture once the crayons melted. If you stir the crayon mixture you will ruins the colors.

Once all the jumbo Valentine’s Day Heart crayons are melted remove the baking sheet from oven and let cool. Once cool tap out the jumbo crayons.

To turn these jumbo Valentine’s Day Heart crayons into a great gift you can package them in a nice baskets. Pile them up just like Valentine’s Day cookies. Be sure to include some drawing paper and wrap the entire package in some colored plastic wrap, just like you would some real cookies.

Tips:

Large Valentine’s Day Heart cookie cutter shapes work best.

You can make your own Valentine’s Day Heart cookie cutter crayon wraps by cutting out strips of brown newspaper bags, wrapping them around the jumbo crayon, and taping them down in the back with some double sided tape. The kids can even customize the wrappers and make their own brand of Crayola wrappers.

Hand Painted Vase Kids Can Make for Valentine’s Day

Use up those leftover glass vases for this simple gift that kids can make for Valentine’s Day. This easy hand painted vase is the perfect way to give Mom or Dad a bouquet of fresh flowers. Best of all they get to keep the vase as a keepsake for years to come.
To makes These Hand Painted Valentine’s Day Vases You will need:

1 Glass Vase

Spray Primer

Acrylic Paint

Clear Acrylic Spray Paint

Paintbrushes

Newspaper

Ok, the first step to making this awesome home décor craft project is to layout your newspaper. I like to use spray paint, especially primer spray paint outside. It has a terrible smell that is not the best to breathe in.

Set you vase out on the newspaper.

Shake the spray on primer can according to the directions on the side of the can. Hold the primer spray-paint about 12 inches away from the glass vase. Now, lightly spray on a coat of primer paint.

Let this first coat of primer paint dry.

Do not put to much paint on during each coat. It will cause drips and runs that do not look good.

Now, once the first coat has dried add another to the vase. Let this coat of primer paint dry on the vase.

Now, continue this process of adding coats until you have thoroughly covered the glass vase.

Once the primer has dried you can let the kids go to town painting and customizing their Valentine’s Day vase. Have plenty of colorful types of paint on hand.

They can add heart, swirls, roses, other flowers, polka dots, and even stripes to the outside of the vase.

For an interesting hand painted vase I prefer to use a square glass vase. It allows of more room to paint on too!

Now, once all the paint has dried you can fill your hand painted Valentine’s Day vase with flowers as normal.

Before you add the water and flowers to the vase though be sure to add a personalized message painted on the jar.

Let the paint air-dry.

Now, once all the designs and details have dried you can take the vase outside again and spray on a protective coat o clear acrylic spray paint. This will protect all of the Valentine’s Day designs on the vase for years to come.

Tip: If the kids want a smooth surface to paint on they could take some of their acrylic paint and roll the vase around until the paint has coated the inside of the glass. Do not prime the outside. Now, pour out any excess paint.

The kids can now paint the outside in the same manner. They can also write traditional Valentine’s Day phrases like, “LOVE,” and “Be Mine” on the vase.

I recommend coating the inside of the Valentine’s Day vase with 3 coats of the clear acrylic primer if you choose to make it in this method. The primer will keep the paint protected from the water inside of the vase.

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gifts for Teachers

Teachers really do love handmade gifts. Valentine’s Day gifts that are handmade and practical too are really great. I think I speak for many teachers when I say that homemade chocolate baked goods are very practical. However, this cute Valentine’s Day craft our family is making for teachers (and grandmothers too) are really unique and practical too.
Ink pens are a teacher’s best friend. They sometimes seem like a natural extension of our hands. We are always writing notes, reports, lesson plans, letters, lists, grades and on and on. Why not make a special ink pen for a special teacher this Valentine’s Day? Are there classroom teachers, music teachers, tutors, youth group leaders or Sunday school teachers on your Valentine’s Day list this year? You and the kids can decorate a pen for each of them.

A special pen covered with “bling” takes less than a half an hour to create.

Supplies:
glue gun and glue sticks or glue dots
buttons
gemstones
beads (including tiny ones)
a pen
cloth table cover
optional:
Consider adding “teacher” themed items such as paper clips, small erasers and wiggly eyes. You can also use wooden letter beads. You could add the teacher’s initials, name or spell out “teacher.” You could also add the year with number beads.   Or if your teacher has a pet you could create dog word art.

Cover your work space and spread out all of the supplies. The decorating process can move rather quickly if you have everything ready. Begin by adding the buttons, beads or gems down one side in a straight line. If you’re using a hot glue gun, less is more. Make only small dots of glue. Do one line at a time and don’t worry about spaces at first. Most pens will require four rows. Now that you have basic coverage over your pen you can fill in any spaces with tiny beads.

Tip: If you want to add larger items like an eraser, big button or paper clip, don’t glue them directly to the pen. Put a flat button on first and then glue the items on top of the buttons. The buttons will give you more gluing surface than the pen itself. Let the pen dry for at least 15 minutes.

Once your decorated pen is dry, you’ll want to test it. Simply grip it naturally and start writing or doodling and see if any decorations fall off that weren’t secured. In our experience, one to three items would fall off each time. Sometimes you see they aren’t needed and other times you’ll want to replace them with a bigger dot of glue.

A decorated pen can be just the “write” handmade gift to tell a teacher that she’s/he’s very special this Valentine’s Day.

Easy-to-Make Homemade Greeting Card Envelopes

If you love to personalize all your gifts, try these easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelopes. Made with gift wrapping paper, these homemade greeting card envelopes take 1 minute to make, and you can match them to the wrapping of your gift.
You can even make matching greeting cards for these easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelopes. It’s a quick solution for beautiful gift-giving. Just follow these simple steps for these easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelopes.

Step #1: Cut the Gift Wrapping Paper

Easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelopes can be made from any type of gift wrapping paper. Set the card on the wrapping paper. Fold the bottom until it covers the card to the top. Cut the wrapping paper, leaving 2 inches of paper on either side of the card and 3 inches on the top.

Step #2: Fold the Easy-to-Make Homemade Greeting Card Envelope

Fold the sides first, leaving a little room for the greeting card to move freely. Then, fold the bottom up so the card is covered. Use masking tape to secure the bottom fold over the sides.

Step #3: Fold the Easy-to-Make Homemade Greeting Card Envelope Flap

Fold the corners of the top of the wrapping paper to form a diagonal envelope flap. Tape the folds in place. Next, use scissors to cut the wrapping paper where it impedes the greeting card from slipping in and out of the easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelope. Finally, tape the cut paper in place.

And that’s it! Your easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelope is finished. Have fun making greeting card envelopes in all sizes and for all occasions. For more inspiration, here are 5 homemade greeting cards that you can create for your easy-to-make homemade greeting card envelopes.